SHARKY’S MACHINE
1981, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynolds

This noir-esque adaptation of the William Diehl novel stars Burt Reynolds as Tom Sharky, an Atlanta vice cop who falls in love with a hooker (Rachel Ward) while trying to bring down an underworld kingpin (Vittorio Gassman). “Burt Reynolds establishes himself as yet another movie star who is as valuable behind the camera as he is in front of it. Mr. Reynolds's third and best directorial effort ... is an unexpectedly accomplished cop thriller.” - Janet Maslin, The New York Times.


GATOR
1976, Park Circus/MGM, 115 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds directs and stars in this lively action sequel to WHITE LIGHTNING. As Gator McKlusky, he is blackmailed by federal agents to betray his friend - and local crime czar - Bama McCall (Jerry Reed). With an incompetent federal agent (Jack Weston) and a TV reporter (Lauren Hutton) following Gator’s every move, what follows are car and boat chases galore in the backwaters of the "good ol' boy" American South. Reynolds proves a natural in his feature debut behind the camera, getting terrific performances from such novice actors as C&W singer Reed.


THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
1982, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Colin Higgins

Among the most successful live-action musicals of the 1980s, this delightful adaptation of the Broadway smash pairs Dolly Parton as the local madam of Gilbert, Texas, and Burt Reynolds as the town sheriff, whose harmonious relationship is threatened by the arrival of scandal-mongering TV reporter Dom DeLuise. As the indecisive governor who holds the fate of the Chicken Ranch brothel in his hands, Charles Durning earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.


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